Anika Noni Rose (born September 6, 1972) is an American singer and actress known for her Tony Award-winning performance in the Broadway production of and her starring roles in the films Caroline, or Change , Dreamgirls and The Princess and the Frog . For Colored Girls
Early life [ edit ]
Rose was born in
Bloomfield, Connecticut. In her freshman year in high school, she appeared in a school production and caught the acting bug. She then attended [1 ] Florida A&M University where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in theatre, and started studying drama at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, California.
Rose moved to New York without a job. After three months, she secured the role of Rusty in Broadway's
. She followed Footloose Footloose with numerous workshops and two musicals using pre-existing song catalogs, Eli's Comin' Off-Broadway and [2 ] with Me and Mrs. Jones Lou Rawls in Philadelphia. Both of the full-scale tuners were rumored for transfers, but neither made it anywhere after their limited engagements ended. Rose's big Broadway break was getting cast as Emmie Thibodeaux in . In 2004, she was awarded the Theatre World Award, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress, and the Caroline, or Change Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Caroline, or Change.
After her film debut,
King of the Bingo Game, she played the role of Kaya in in 2003 and she performed in From Justin to Kelly in 2004, followed by Temptation as a singer in the choir. In 2006, Rose starred in Surviving Christmas Dreamgirls as Lorrell Robinson with Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy. Rose appeared in the films Just Add Water, Razor, and Disney's 2009 animated feature , as the voice of the lead character The Princess and the Frog Tiana; the character is Disney's first African-American princess. Rose hosted a hometown screening of The Princess and the Frog for children from the Charter Oak Cultural Center, a non-profit multi-cultural arts center that provides free after-school programs in Hartford, Connecticut. Rose also stars alongside [3 ] Jill Scott in directed by The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Anthony Minghella. [4 ]
In 2010, she played the role of Yasmine in the movie
. One critic described Rose's performance as "especially fierce". For Colored Girls She played the role of Sara Tidwell in the [5 ] A&E miniseries in 2011, based on the Bag of Bones Stephen King novel of the same name . [6 ]
Rose was named a
Disney Legend on August 19, 2011. In 2012, she guest-starred in " [7 ] Gone Abie Gone", episode 3, season 24 of , voicing The Simpsons Abe Simpson's second wife, Rita LaFleur. The episode originally aired November 11.
Awards and nominations [ edit ]
1998: Dean Goodman Choice Award –
Valley Song 1998: Garland/Drama Logue Award –
Valley Song 1999: S.F. Bay Guardian Upstage/Downstage Award –
Valley Song and Threepenny Opera 2001: OBIE Award –
Eli's Comin' 2004: Clarence Derwent Award –
Caroline, or Change 2004: Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress –
Caroline, or Change 2004: Theatre World Award –
Caroline, or Change 2004: Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical –
Caroline, or Change 2010: Black Reel Award – Best Voice Performance –
The Princess and the Frog 2010: Black Reel Award – Best Song (Original or Adapted) "
Almost There" – The Princess and the Frog 2011: Black Reel Award – Outstanding Ensemble –
For Colored Girls 2011:
Disney Legend Award – Animation (voice) – The Princess and the Frog
Television [ edit ]
Video games [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Rizzo, Frank (June 7, 2004). "Killer Performances ; 'Avenue Q,' 'Wife,' 'Assassins,' Phylicia Rashad Top Winners; 58Th Annual Tony Awards". Hartford Courant.
^ Gutman, Les. "ACurtainUpReview:Eli's Comin'" Curtain Up.com, based on 5/2/01 performance, accessed September 1, 2011
^ Rodman, Sarah (December 6, 2009). "Wearing the crown". The Boston Globe.
^ Kimberly Nordyke (June 25, 2007). "Rose lands 'Agency' role". The Hollywood Reporter . Retrieved June 29, 2007.
^ Schwarzbaum, Lisa (November 3, 2010). "For Colored Girls". Entertainment Weekly . Retrieved December 26, 2010.
^ Levine, Stuart (August 3, 2011). "Rose lands role in 'Bag of Bones. '" Variety . Retrieved August 8, 2011.
^ "Photo Flash: Lea Salonga, Anika Noni Rose, Paige O'Hara et al. Honored at D23 Expo" BroadwayWorld.com, August 20, 2011
^ "NAACP Image Awards Winner Include 'The Help,' Stars Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis". The Hollywood Reporter (THR). February 17, 2012 . Retrieved February 17, 2012.
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